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UNSUNG HEROES: After Suicide Ambush, Airmen Ignored Their Wounds To Save The Team
On Dec. 21, 2015, Master Sgt. Aaron B. Frederick and Staff Sgt. Bradley D. Mock, both from the 824th Base Defense Squadron, were on a patrol roughly three miles north of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, when a man approached on a motorcycle laden with explosives.
Six airmen were mortally wounded and five others critically injured when the suicide bomber drove into the joint patrol and detonated the explosives, reports Air Force Times.
Frederick was disoriented by the explosion and sustained second degree burns, but was undeterred as he led the survivors in establishing a perimeter, and directed back-up forces to send in a medical evacuation, notes WFXL, a Fox News affiliate,
U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Walker, left, 820th Base Defense Group commander, pins a Purple Heart medal on Master Sgt. Aaron Frederick on July 8, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson
In spite of his wounds, Frederick insisted that the other wounded personnel receive treatment first when the medevac arrived, and remained on the battlefield until he accounted for all members of the team.
After the blast, Mock, a tactical security element radio telephone operator, was knocked unconscious for a few minutes and received cuts to his face from the explosion. When Mock regained consciousness, he called for immediate assistance from the back-up security team while triaging two severely wounded teammates, in addition to securing sensitive equipment and intelligence.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Bradley Mock during his Bronze Star award ceremony on July 8, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson.
Together, the two airmen ensured the casualties and survivors were extracted quickly and safely within 40 minutes of the blast.
On July 8, Mock and Frederick were awarded Bronze Stars with valor devices for their decisive and quick action. In addition, each was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Purple Heart.
Master Sgt. Aaron B. Frederick and Staff Sgt. Bradley D. Mock were both awarded a Bronze Star with "V," a Purple Heart Medal, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal during a July 8 ceremony at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson
Four of the airmen killed belonged to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and in March, the command named Frederick and Mock, along with Staff Sgt. Flavio Martinez of the 105 Security Forces Squadron, honorary OSI agents. The command is a federal law enforcement agency that provide criminal investigative, counterintelligence protective services, and reports directly to the secretary of the Air Force.
"Following the Dec. 21 attack, the immediate actions of three defenders were nothing short of heroic," the command announced in a March 4 Facebook post. "In a time of chaos, uncertainty, and terror, they immediately ensured the safety of other teammates, cared for the wounded and protected the dignity of our fallen."
In February, two of the six airmen killed were posthumously awarded Bronze Stars with valor devices: the Air National Guard awarded Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa and Tech. Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm.
QUANTICO, Virginia -- They may not be deadly, but some of the nonlethal weapons the Marine Corps is working on look pretty devastating.
The Marine Corps Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate is currently testing an 81mm mortar round that delivers a shower of flashbang grenades to disperse troublemakers. There is also an electric vehicle-stopper that delivers an electrical pulse to shut down a vehicle's powertrain, designed for use at access control points.
"When you hear nonlethal, you are thinking rubber bullets and batons and tear gas; it's way more than that," Marine Col. Wendell Leimbach Jr., director of the Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate, told an audience at the Modern Day Marine 2019 expo.
RACHEL, Nev. (Reuters) - UFO enthusiasts began descending on rural Nevada on Thursday near the secret U.S. military installation known as Area 51, long rumored to house government secrets about alien life, with local authorities hoping the visitors were coming in peace.
Some residents of Rachel, a remote desert town of 50 people a short distance from the military base, worried their community might be overwhelmed by unruly crowds turning out in response to a recent, viral social-media invitation to "storm" Area 51. The town, about 150 miles (240 km) north of Las Vegas, lacks a grocery store or even a gasoline station.
Dozens of visitors began arriving outside Rachel's only business - an extraterrestrial-themed motel and restaurant called the Little A'Le'Inn - parking themselves in cars, tents and campers. A fire truck was stationed nearby.
Alien enthusiasts descend on the Nevada desert to 'storm' Area 51
Attendees arrive at the Little A'Le'Inn as an influx of tourists responding to a call to 'storm' Area 51, a secretive U.S. military base believed by UFO enthusiasts to hold government secrets about extra-terrestrials, is expected Rachel, Nevada, U.S. September 19, 2019
One couple, Nicholas Bohen and Cayla McVey, both sporting UFO tattoos, traveled to Rachel from the Los Angeles suburb of Fullerton with enough food to last for a week of car-camping.
"It's evolved into a peaceful gathering, a sharing of life stories," McVey told Reuters, sizing up the crowd. "I think you are going to get a group of people that are prepared, respectful and they know what they getting themselves into."
Tom Delonge has been speculating about aliens for years. According to Vulture, he quit Blink 182, the band he founded, years ago to "expose the truth about aliens," and he founded To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences "to advance society's understanding of scientific phenomena and its technological implications" — or, in simpler terms, to research UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
A tentative plan to build 20 miles of extra border wall in Arizona, on top of the already approved 100-plus miles, was put on hold Monday by the Pentagon.
Federal officials hoped to build the extra 20 miles of wall in the Border Patrol's Tucson and Yuma sectors. The Army Corps of Engineers said late last month that funds would come from other wall contracts that might cost less than expected. But those savings did not materialize, according to documents filed Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C.